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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Going Quantum

   Quantum computing has hit the spotlight. Bill Gates must be furious every time that a new breakthrough in quantum technology occurs. But his arrogance would likely not allow him to see the potential in this upcoming technology.

   That being said, there are still major hurdles to undertake. One of the most vexing is that we don't even truly fully understand quantum phenomenon yet. To understand why, we have to look back. We cannot go forward without first looking back.

Going Back

   The world of classical physics is easy to understand. Rockets, bullets, and race-cars are designed from understanding equal and opposite reactions. When Newtonian laws of physics were first presented, it was a long, long time before a different idea of physics would begin to challenge it's primacy. We simply weren't far enough along in mathematics, or many of the sciences to see that there were conditions when particles didn't act as simply as billiard balls.

     The ideas that challenged the billiard ball notion, developed into what's become known as quantum physics. The basis of most of quantum physics came from physical uncertainties which predominate the atomic world. Wave particle duality was discovered to be fact, experimentally. Many of the phenomenon seen to occur on the particle level seemed to happen by chance. Most of the  quantum laws that were formulated seem to reflect that. Some of the great thinkers of the time even suggested that nature was ruled by probability waves.

The Challenge

   Then, just as quantum laws started to be the basis of breakthroughs, such as the transistor and the laser, many suggested that Lorentz equations of regular fluid dynamics would apply equally well. Experimentally, this has actually been verified in a limited sense. But there is a hitch. It doesn't apply to quantum entanglement. The independent experimental verification of entanglement and supplemental facts (such as the newly verified speed of entanglement) have been routinely ignored by those launching the attack against the quantum revolution in thought.

What's Next

    Another revolution is occurring within quantum physics itself, before the final breakthroughs in quantum computing and other quantum technologies present themselves. This is the quantum information theory. As string theory challenges the standard model, it also has the potential of updating and renewing quantum theory.

   My prediction has to do with Max Planck's planck units equation. At this scale determinate physics break down. A string matches plank length, and is thus at the limit of determinate scale. Indeterminate physics takes over under the planck scale. This is where the limits of the standard model become increasingly irrelevant. In this fog, movements can be seen better as information rather than energy, as the energy transferred would be converted to indeterminate movements in indeterminate time.
    As a string vibrates, as it is predicted to do, interactions with space-time would cause the formation of an indeterminate wave. This quantum information wave is of such phenomenal importance that it should be named as the string and the quark were before it. I would call it the "quib." Quantum information bit.

   When the facts become clearer, I hope that my humble submission and predictions will be considered. Long live quantum, and may it bring us freedom from Bill Gates!

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